LOT 206

1901 - 1980

El Greco Abstract
gouache on paper
signed and dated 1968 and on verso titled and inscribed with stock #148043 on the Dunkelman gallery label
15 1/4 x 20 1/4 in, 38.7 x 51.4 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD

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Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto
The Joan Stewart Clarke Collection, Vancouver

Marino Marini was an internationally renowned Italian sculptor and painter. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and his early years were devoted to drawing and painting. In 1942, he became a professor of sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, where he settled permanently in 1946. He won the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1952. Although best known for his sculpture, particularly his mythical horse and knight subjects, he continued to paint, showing his paintings for the first time in 1963 at the Toninelli Arte Moderna in Milan. In 1973, a permanent installation of his work opened at the Galleria d’arte moderna in Milan, and in 1988, the Museo Marino Marini was inaugurated in Florence.

The title of this striking abstract painting pays homage to El Greco (1541 - 1614), the Greek painter and sculptor of the Spanish Renaissance, who was regarded as a precursor of modern art. Colourful forms playfully float across bright, soft, amorphous colour fields, and the triangular shapes bring a connotation of sails moved by the wind, infusing the painting with a feeling of freedom and movement. Marini must have favoured this painting, for in 1969, he produced a lithograph based on it, entitled From Color to Form VIII.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD

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